HC Deb 19 February 1900 vol 79 cc381-2

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate, having regard to the fact that the Crown Agent for Scotland has experienced considerable difficulty in obtaining accurate information in regard to the deer forest acreage in Scotland, will the Secretary for Scotland consider the expediency of having the form of return which is headed "Valuation of Lands and Heritages, Scotland," provided with a column in which owners or tenants of deer forests will be required to state the name and acreage of each forest in their possession or occupation.


I understand the hon. Member to refer to a form of return which is issued by the assessors under the Valuation Acts in course of the preparation of the Valuation Roll. The form of the Valuation Roll is statutory, and does not include particulars as to acreage. The hon. Member's suggestion would therefore require legislation, which the Government are not prepared to propose. In point of fact the value of a deer forest depends not on its acreage but on the average number of stags allowed to be killed.